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13 The New Covenant Life

Mark Howard Kameron DeVasher
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  • May 20, 2021
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As many of you know, I've been struggling with a pretty serious illness recently that I'll need to get treatment for. When as a christian you deal with disease, you begin to raise a lot of questions in your own mind. One of the questions, of course, is ward, why he, why did I get sick? I've attempted to follow the principles of the laws of Health. Another question that is often raised is if I have enough faith, will god instantly heal me if I'm not instantly healed? Does that mean that I lack faith? Now the question that is raised is, what are our lines of defense when we have a serious health problem? And that's the area that I have really been focusing on. I've come to recognize that sickness or disease can take place because of variety of reasons. First, because of some people's choices that they have made that have not been positive health, giving choices in their life. Sometimes we bring sickness upon ourselves. But other times, sickness is a result of the environment. We live in an environment where our air is polluted, our water is polluted, our. Our food is tinted with the chemicals and so there is the environmental factors. And also there are genetic factors that lead to disease as well. And this all necessitates of course, positive choices. My topic is not how do you prevent disease? Neither is it, why does some people get sick, who apparently fall the was of Health and others don't. But here's my topic is dealing with disease. Once you are sick, how do you deal with it? What are your 5 lines of defense? We're going to pray and now we get the 5 lines of defense in dealing with disease. Let's pray, father in heaven, grant to us eyes to see and ears to hear and hard to understand. I know that there will be those that will watch this. You tube video, who are struggling with some illness. Help the things that I say in the experience that I've gone through to be a blessing to them. I pray and christ name, a man, 5 lines of defense when you're dealing with disease. Here's the 1st line of defense. It is a spiritual approach to disease. Its experience, god's presence, the consciousness that god is with us in every one of life's challenges his life giving, understanding the presence of god in every one of life, situations that itself is healing. The sense that we're not alone when we face disease is therapeutic. Look at these promises in the bible, matthew chapter 28 and verse 20. Jesus puts it this way. Last part of the gospel of matthew, last wine in the gospel of matthew last words in the gospel of matthew, jesus says, I am with you always even to the end of the age. The consciousness of god's presence when you're facing disease makes all the difference in the world. Hebrews 13 and verse 5. The sense that when you're sick, god has not forsaken you. The sense when you're sick that god is with you, strengthening, sustaining. Encouraging. Supporting up lifting. Hebrews, 13 verse 5. The scripture says that your conduct be without covetousness and be content with such things as you have now. Listen to this. For he himself is said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may boldly say the Lord is my helper, i will not fear what man can do to me. So the Lord is my helter jesus says, I will never leave your forsake you. You may be suffering on a bed of the illness. Your future may look dark, but jesus can light that future. Jesus is with you, he says I will what never, never, never leave you or forsake you. Now what is the role of faith in disease sensing? The presence of god is faith saying, I know god's going to heal me. Well, the truth is matter is he is going to hear you some time he can hear you instantly. He can you hear you gradually, or he can allow you to rest until the resurrection. But one day, you and I will be healed one day will walk streets of gold. One day will live in a land where there's no thickness, suffering, sorrow, heartache, or death. But what is faith? I've defined faith this way. Faith is the absolute confidence that a loving god has our best interest in view. It believes when we cannot see it believes before, we can see it believes beyond what we can see. And it believes before others can say faith is a relationship of trust in the god who loves us beyond what we can ever imagine in the god who cares for us beyond what we can ever understand and arranges all the affairs of our life for our Good and his glory, that's faith. Faith is trusting god that he is with you. When your eyes cannot see when your ears cannot hear his voice, but he is, they are present to up with sustain and encourage you. C S. Lewis made it the great christian apologist. Made a remarkable statement when he said, I believe in christianity, as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it because by it I see everything else. And other words what, what he was saying is this. That I believe in christianity. Just as I believe in the sun, because when the sun shines, it illuminates the darkness. And I can see everything else. I can see trees and I can see rocks. And I can see flower is that I see green grass and I see people as he shops. I see everything else clearly because the sun is shining. When the son of righteousness jesus christ shines in your life. You see everything else corely going through sickness. Your 1st line of defense is a sense of god's presence. Now this sense of god's presence is healing. It's therapeutic. It brings life into the body. Researchers at mayo clinic came to this conclusion. Most studies have shown, and I'm quoting the researchers there at that themed international health Center. The mayo clinic in rochester, minnesota. Most studies have shown that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with Better health outcomes, including greater longevity, coping skills and health related quality of life. Even during terminal illness and blessings i at a depression and suicide. Several studies have shown that addressing the spiritual needs of the patient, man hands the recovery from illness. So as you sense the presence of god in whatever you are going through. That very conscious awareness of god's presence brings a wife, health, and healing to the body. So the 1st line of defense in dealing with disease is the conscious awareness of god's presence of trusting that your life is in his hands. And that he'll do nothing to harm you. That he'll do nothing at all to, to keep you from enjoying life in all of its abundance that he is there by your side to strengthen and encourage you know, here's the 2nd line of defense. It's understanding one of 3 propositions that god has made you, and we're going to look at each of these 3. But the 2nd line of defense is understanding the 1st of the 3 provisions that god has given to us when we are sick. It is understanding how to build our immune system to face the illness. We see this in the bible and 2nd kings chapter 5. Second kings 5 reveals the story of name and name was a syrian military captain who developed leprosy. And there in his household was a little maid who shared with him the story of the prophet elijah niemen, went to elijah for healing. At the encouragement of this little maid who said, if you are in my country with the property, lie sure I know you can be healed. So they've been went you aisha said to name and go wash in the river 7 times and they haven't responded. Look, I got rivers, my own country, i don't need to go to your river to wash. Neiman's servant was a very wise man. He said, look, if the prophet would have told you to do some hard thing, you would have done it. Now go wash in the river jordan name and went and washed the river. Jordan 123456 7th time is leprosy as healed. He's thrilled. Why do you think god had you? I shall tell name and to go wash in the river. Jordan, because name and must cooperate with god in the process of that healing. Now this is not unusual. You look at jesus in the new testament, john chapter 9 and here and John chapter 9. We find again the story of a healing. It is the story of a blind man. You remember the disciple said who did sin this man or his relatives, his parents that he was born blind and jesus heals this blind man. But how does jesus heal him? John chapter 9 for 6 and 7. When he had said these things, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva. He anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay, and he said to him, go wash in the pool of silo. Now there are 2, there is a similarity to basic similarities in both of those stories. First is very simple, natural means were used to produce the healing. Second principle in the story is that the individual, both name and, and the blind man had to cooperate with god. Here is the 2nd line of defense. Again, when we deal with disease, we ask ourselves, what can I do to cooperate with god? In harmony with the laws of nature, to build my immune system so that I can fight the disease i'm dealing with. In the book, ministry of healing page 232, I read this statement. Those who seek healing by prayer should not neglect to make use of the remedial agencies within their reach. So this one of the spiritual defences is recognizing the presence of god seeking god in prayer by faith, believing god is with me and he can produce ceiling in my body. A 2nd line of defense is cooperating with god in doing everything I know to live in harmony with the laws of Health. I continue, it is not a denial of faith to use such remedies as god has provided to alleviate pain into a nature in her work of restoration. It is no denial of faith to cooperate with god and to place themselves in the condition most favorable to recovery. God has put it in our power to obtain a knowledge of the laws of life. This knowledge has been placed within our reach for use. We should employ every facility for the restoration of health, taking every advantage possible working in harmony with natural laws. Notice this statement, it's a very powerful statement. It is not a denial of faith to cooperate with god to work in harmony with god. So when you deal with disease, you want to raise some questions. Is there anything in my life that I'm doing? That is tearing down at this physical body of mind, making it less possible for god to work a miracle because my choices are not in harmony with his will. What can I do to cooperate with god in building the immune system or boosting the immune system, or as some say, optimizing, optimizing the immune system. In the harvard health newsletter, i picked up this jim recently from harvard university called healthy ways to strengthen your immune system. And then they say, your 1st line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following good general health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system working properly. Every part of your body and coating your immune system functions better would protect it from environmental assault and bolstered by health give giving life giving strategies. Then it lists the number of things you can do. Here are some practical things you can do to optimize your immune system and to cooperate with god in healing when you're dealing with disease. So this is what harvard university says, let me just read it to you from the harvard newsletter. It says this number one don't smoke. In other words, you're smoking, give up smoking because that's destroying the body. It is in unhelpful practice. That makes it less capable for the body to, to have a strong immune system to overcome disease. Number 2, this is harvard university, now eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Number 3, exercise regularly. Number 4, maintaining a healthy weight. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation, i would say don't drink at all, get adequate sleep. Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking beads thoroughly try to minimize stress. And then it says, keep current with all recommended vaccines. In other words, you want to optimize your immune system. You want to do everything possible, everything possible to cooperate with god. So what, how do you deal with disease 1st? You trust god. First, you take a spiritual approach, you know that god is with you, you seek him in prayer, you place your life in his hands. You receive new energy from the presence of god. Secondly, you do everything possible to cooperate with god by giving up any habits that are detrimental to your health. If you're eating a high fat diet, you want to shift that diet to fruits, not screams and vegetables. If you haven't been getting exercise, you want to get out there and start walking, head erect, shouldered back deep breaths. You want to get adequate amounts of water. If you've been smoking or drinking alcohol, you want to say, lord, give me the strength to give those up. I want to optimize my immune system. If you've lived distress filled life with little rest or sleep, you want to optimize your immune system by getting adequate rest and sleep. Now here's your 3rd line of defense. It's the 2nd one of god's provisions that he has given. You recognise that god is the author of science and that while you are trusting god, while you are attempting to optimize your immune system, you explore every possible solution in medical science possible. God is the fountain of all wisdom. God is the source of all true knowledge. Science, rightly understood is one of god's healing agencies to reduce suffering and alleviate disease. You know, the word science comes from the root words is skill, which means to know it's knowledge. So all knowledge comes from true knowledge comes from god and the study of anatomy and Physiology. The study of the causes prevention and treatment of disease is a god given science of everything god is created. The Human body is the most marvelous. It's the most fantastic. It's an infinite engineering intelligence, and although god is the ultimate healer, he uses a variety of ways to heal. And one of those is 21st century modern medicine. Now, why is men and women do not deny the gods? The author of knowledge? proverbs 15 verse 14. So it is god that is given god, we physicians, the knowledge of how to deal with disease. All true science comes from god. Proverbs 15 verse 14, the heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge. So the heart of him who has under say, 6 knowledge, look at her. Proverbs 18 verse 15. The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. So medical science has its basis in knowledge or wisdom that comes from god. And so it's no desire, no denial of faith to go to a physician. It's no denial of faith to seek the best possible known medical treatment. It's no denial of faith to explore science because all true science, all true knowledge, all true wisdom comes from god. Luke was a skilled medical missionary physician who was a companion of the apostle paul and used his medical knowledge in sole winning. There is a marvellous statement in the book, ministry of healing page 141 about luke, that I think is really inciteful. Let me give you a little background. Luke, as a medical missionary physician, incidentally, who wrote more in the new testament than anybody else. Well, if you look at the books of the new testament, you'll say it's the apostle, paul. But if you look at the words, it's Luke, because the words in the book of acts, in the words in the gospel of luke, an axe, of course, was written by loop. You combine those 2 together, loop a doctor, physician, medical practitioner wrote more in the new testament than any other single writer. Luke accompanied paul on his missionary journeys and he accompanied him to fill a pi. Phillips was an amazing city, about 7 miles from the Apple. This modern day vala and it was a tremendous city because it was not far from the see the sea breezes blew in. It was at the end of the nation way. The nation way led from phil, apply to rome. And it was at the base of the goni and hills, a city of 567000 in the pony and hills. They found gold. So is a very wealthy city. Many roman soldiers retired, there was a wealthy retirement Community and it had had a very aggressive trade. So the wagons in the carts brought goods from rome to fill. A pi ships came into the harbor there and these ships brought spices, and they brought silks and carpets and they brought to food and exotic foods through all the world. So philip was very well to do city it had a very active bustling market place. And Paul attempted to start a christian church there. He went out and preached to lydia by the river side. And his paul preached to lydia. She accepted the gospel, very wealthy woman. She was a seller purple. And purple is a di made from a shell called moleskin. Even the archaeologist found piles of those shells along the sea shore. And so she made this purple dye and tug is, or the garments with the romans were dipped in this dye and, oh, they were crazy about the fad of purple togas and the women love that as a fashion. And so lydia was a sharp business woman. She sold her, dies there and made the garments, and she was a convert paul and began a small church in her house. A PO also was led by the holy spirit to convert a slave girl likely from africa. And she joined that little church and also a roman civil servant. You remember paul was imprisoned there and fill a pi. And as he was imprisoned, he prayed and praised. You want a miracle, you have, you pray, you praise and you have faith and God works, miracle, prayer and praise and faith are the ingredients for which miracles take place. The prison fell down. Paul then led the roman jailer to conversion. And so imagine here is lydia's house and the little church there. And in that church there is Lydia, this asian business woman wealthy. There's a little african slave girl. There's a roman civil servant. Let's there at the jailer at the, after paul's impact on that roman jailer. Paul was persecuted in that city and had to leave. But luke stayed behind this doctor. And I want to read to you from ministry of healing. About this dr. Luke, it says, luke, the writer of the gospel that bears his name was a medical missionary. In scriptures, he's called the beloved physician. So here's a physician that's view of it. Huh. It's a wonderful thing to find a brilliant scientific, modern physician who is a christian committed to jesus, but whose brilliant scientific background, the apostle paul heard of his skill, that luke skill as a physician and sought him out as one to whom the Lord had entrusted especially work he secured is cooperation and for some time who accompanied him in his travels from place to place. After a time, paul left look at philip pye and macedonia. Here luke continued his labour for several years, both as a physician and teacher of the gospel. In his work as a physician, he ministered to the sick, prayed for their healing, the healing power of god to rest upon the afflicted ones. Thus the way was open for the gospel message. Lucy, success as a physician, gain for him many opportunities for preaching christ among the heathen. It is the divine plan that we work as the disciples work. Physical healing is bound up with the gospel commission. In the work of the gospel, teaching and healing are never to be separated. So here we find an example in the bible of a godly physician who minister to the physical needs of people using medical knowledge you're using is scientific expertise. And as he did that, their hearts were open to the gospel and he shared christ with them. Then what is a line of defense for you? For me when we have sickness? First line of defense is a spiritual life. Prayer, faith, the presence of god, that's healing. Second line of defense, optimize your immune system, do everything you can with nature's remedies to cooperate with god, 3rd line of defense. And in that his explore medical options explore every possible scientific remedy. Look at the Best doctors you can find and if you can find a christian doctor who's a preying, godly christian doctor, find that christian doctor and do everything you can from a medical standpoint in the remedy is in medicine to find healing for that disease. 4th line of defense in c, U in dealing with disease. And this is understanding god's provisions. Again, god provides for us natural remedies god provides for us, scientific knowledge and medicine. God also provides for us family, friends in the church for support. This is a line of defense when you're sick, a line of defense. When you're dealing with disease. There was a 10 year study at the University of flinders in Australia and they found that those who had strong social support that is strong friends, live 22 percent longer than those who had no friends at all. Researchers at ohio state University and carnegie mellon university have shown that people who have meaningful personal relationships has stronger immune systems, more robust health and reduced infectious diseases. So when you're dealing with disease, draw support from people around you draw support from your family, from a husband, wife, children on sunken cousins, draw support from your friends. It's that support that will help to boy you up. It's that support that will help to give you a positive attitude. It's that support that will strengthen your immune system. In fact, this is biblical. Look at a clean. He asked these chapter 4. We're looking at the book of ecclesiastics the 4th chapter and the 12th verse. Here's what scripture says, and C S T for verse 12. Though 1 may be overpowered, in other words, one individual can be overpowered by disease. One individual alone can be overpowered by illness. One individual load get discouraged in thickness, though one be overpowered by another who can withstand him and a threefold court is not quickly broken. A threefold court. God, you and friends and family that's not easily broken. You can't break that cord. So look for your friends for support. Proverbs chapter 12 verse 18. How do you deal with disease? Here is the 4th way. You deal with disease. Proverbs chapter 12 verse 18. There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword. I don't want to speak like a piercing of a sword to you. I don't want my words to cut somebody else's life. But the tongue of the wise promotes health. Oh, that's great. The target wise promotes help as you get friends around you that are positive that are encouraging. What is that going to do? You listen to their words, it's going to promote health that's going to produce positive chemical endorphins in your body. Remember what galatians says in chapter 6, verse to bear you one another's burdens. We draw on our friends when we're ill to help to bear our burdens at times through those practical things that we cannot do. A university of California study at berkeley in 2002, that res, it was a 31 year study of 6500 adults. You know, when I look at a study, this why I want to know 3 things. One who did the study. You know, if you read some advertisement for some exotic plant that's going to hear you. And then they're selling the Summit exotic exotic drug that's going to heal you. Some exotic vitamin that's going to heal you. And the ad is done by the, or the study is done by the vitamin company or the drug company, a little weary of that, you know, so you want to, who did the study was a reputable medical university. Second, how long was the study done for, for studies done for 6 months? It doesn't have much value, or how long was it done for? And how many people did they study? They study 5 people that you're going to be going to question that study. So here is a study 31 years university, california on 6500 people. And this is what they discovered p and I'm quoting people who attend religious services, have significantly lower risks of death compared with those who never attend or attend less frequently. Even if you judge for age, health behaviors and other risk factors, the average life expectancy of people that did not attend church in the study was 75 years. Those people that attended less than once weekly, but attended church 79 years. And the people that attended church weekly or more 82 years. Now, why is that true? Why do people who attend church live on an average 7 years longer when you factor on other things like smoking, drinking, etc. Why do they live those 7 years longer? I saw something the other day that I didn't quite hadn't quite seen before in hebrews chapter 10. As I was studying hebrews 10 verse 23 to 25. You know he was kind of the passage the says don't forsake years. It's assembling yourselves together. But we'll get the text. It's very interesting, hebrews 10 verse 23. Got us hold fast, the confession of our hope without wavering. For hugh promised his faithful. Let us consider one another in order to stare up, love and good works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is but encouraging one another. Even more you see the day approaching. So one of the values of church is if you come to church, there are other friends that surround you. They encourage you, they inspire you, they speak positive words, they say my brother, my sister, i'm praying for you. And you know, that encourages the heart for a line of defense so far against disease. Number one, the spiritual approach. Number one, sensing the presence of god, number one, seeking him in prayer, number one, extending the hand of faith higher and higher and higher believing they will never leave you. They will never forsake you, that healing powers in christ number to optimizing the immune system. When we deal with disease, we do everything we know to build these bodies of ours to fight that disease with a good diet, with adequate rest, with drinking water. With adequate exercise. Number 3, we explore every possibility in medical science as we deal with disease. And we look for godly christian physicians if possible, but, but we recognised that all knowledge comes from god and that all scientific knowledge that is true and genuine comes from the almighty god that god bless his science. And we appreciate that we explore every possible area that will bring healing to our bodies. Number 4, we draw strength from our friends. We draw comfort and encouragement from those that are around us. Know, number 5, we claim god's promises and maintain a positive attitude. You see, you can do the 1st 4 things, but if you keep talking to yourself in your head saying this sickness is going to get the best of me. I'm going to probably die of this. And if I can't do anything anymore, once you allow that negative attitude to come in, it breaks down the immune system. Now why don't what they said? This attitude is comprised of our internal dialogue that we have with ourselves in our reactions, the outside world. Researchers who are continuing to study the relationship between medical and physical well being are discovering compelling evidence that a positive attitude has a beneficial effect on our well being and health. Here are just a few of the more recent discoveries regarding a positive attitude. Those were a positive attitude, have a longer lifespan, those that have a positive attitude, have lower rates of depression. Those who have a positive attitude have less susceptibility to airborne diseases, such as coals. Those that have a positive attitude, have a reduced risk from cardiovascular disease. Now this is biblical. Remember what the bible says. It says in proverbs, 17 verse 32. Mary heart does good like a medicine. A mary heart is what it does good, like a medicine. Proverbs 1513 a joyful heart makes a cheerful countenance, but sorrow of hard crushes the spirit. So mary heart does good like a medicine, but a sorrowful heart crushes spirit let. So if negative chemical endorphins, happy people tend to live longer than their peers. According to 160 studies, university of illinois, professor ed diner concluded that and I'm reading his conclusion from these 160 studies. He said, the general conclusion of each type of study is that your subjective well being that is feeling positive about your life, not stressed out, not distress contributes to better one jeopardy of better health among healthy populations. What's he talking about? positive attitude, brains, greater health. Ellen, white ministry of healing, 241, put it this way. Grief, anxiety, discontent, remorse, guilt, distrust all tend to break down life forces and invite decay and death. When you are dealing with disease, maintaining a positive attitude is critical. Not long ago, I read the story of a boy who was in a car accident was burned, taken to the hospital, his prospects were not very good. His immune system was broken down. Disease began to set in, and he lay for number days in the hospital. In that city, the school system employed tutors that would go to the hospital or visit the home of children that were sick so that they wouldn't get behind in school. And so the school system commissioned a tutor to go to this boy's room. She entered the room and the boy was lying in his bed discouraged, depressed felt that his life was about over. And she said, I'm the tutor here from the school and I've come to help you with your studies. He had little interest and she began to review his math 3 again begin. And then she reviewed a little bit about his geography or other subjects. And she left the room, feeling quite discouraged herself. She said this boy had very little interest in studying. I don't know if it's worth it for me to go back or not, but I'll try one more week. The next week she came back and before she went into the room, the nurses came out and 2 or 3 nurses surrounded her and her heart kinda dropped. She wondered, had the boy died. She wondered what she might have done something wrong the week before that they might not let her back in the room. And the nurses said, what did you do to that boy? ever since your visit, his eyes sparkled. He's begun to improve. We've noticed mark improvements. What did you do it? You said I did nothing. I did just came and I, I didn't quite feel that this was a success. They said whatever you did do it again. The boy was asked, why is it that you began to improve? And this is what the boy said later. He said I began to think about it and I thought about it all week, and I thought they would not send a teacher to a boy that was going to die. So I'm not going to die. I'm going to live that attitude change. They'd all the difference in his life. If you are facing some disease, if you are having to deal with some disease or you know somebody that is, give them these 5 lines of defense. Number one, lead them to trust. God, trust god, yourself he is present with you. Never leave your sake. You explore every possible natural remedy that you can find. Explore every reasonable remedy that make sense that's backed up by science. Not every quack cure that. Somebody wants to give you. But the basic remedies of god, a good diet, sleep rest, to exercise, explore every possible scientific way. Ask questions, visit your doctor. Look for the best specialists possible I should deal with your disease. Recognize that this is not a lack of faith that god anoine's science and blesses the mind to explore the depths of science. Draws straight from your friends. That health giving and maintain a positive mental attitude and no god's going to do exceedingly abundantly. What you can ask or think, there are times that god cures disease immediately. There are times that god cures it naturally through those natural remedies that we can use there times that god uses science and physicians. But god is the great healer, whether it's instant or whether it's through natural means or whether it's through science, whether god brings health to our bodies, the encouragement of friends all of this is god's activity. When you deal with disease, trust god, trust, god, trust god, and follow these principles. And you will find yourself drawn closer to God rather than drawn further away from him. You'll find that disease is not something that separates you from god, but it can be a doorway, deeper, faith, greater courage to see the hand of god working miracles in your life. Let's pray father in heaven. Thank you that you have given us these lines of defense, help us to explore every one of them and know that the disease that we faith needs not to put barriers between us and you. But it can be your means of drawing us closer to you and christ name. This media was brought to you by audio person, a web site dedicated to spreading god's word through free sermon audio, and much more. 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